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Trump Joins TikTok After Seeking to Ban App as President


Sun 02 Jun 2024 | 06:15 PM
Israa Farhan

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has reversed his previous efforts to ban TikTok and has now joined the immensely popular short-video platform.

TikTok, which has seen explosive growth among young people in the United States and globally, now features Trump’s presence.

In a significant development for the app, which has faced fierce criticism in Washington due to alleged ties with the Chinese government, the former president posted a video on his account, @realDonaldTrump.

The clip shows Trump waving to crowds at a UFC event held last Saturday night in Newark, New Jersey.

The short video, lasting just 13 seconds, begins with UFC President Dana White announcing, "The President is now on TikTok."

In response, the Republican candidate says, "It’s an honor." He concludes the video with a brief statement, “That was a good walk-on, right?”

The irony of Trump’s TikTok debut lies in his aggressive 2020 campaign to ban the app in the United States.

He issued an executive order demanding the US administration take strict measures against TikTok’s owners to protect national security.

However, this move was halted by the American judiciary, according to ABC News.

Trump’s stance on TikTok softened later. In March 2024, he opposed Congress's move to ban the app, arguing that such a step would strengthen other competing platforms like Facebook, which he also criticized.

Trump believed that banning the Chinese app would anger young users and potentially harm certain businesses.